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    Calgary Folk Festival 2017


    Calgary Folk Fest has been a fantastic experience for Birds of Chicago.  We came into town a little early to play a show of Canadiana tunes (celebrating Canada 150) with Basia Bulat, Barney Bentall, Jason Collett, Turkwaz, CHOIR CHOIR CHOIR and others.

    Our main stage set was Friday night and it was one of my favourite festival experience with the Birds.  The weather, audience, sound, and crew were fantastic.  Our last workshop set is this afternoon with Jim Cuddy, Barney Bentall, and Yola Carter.

    The music was warmly received and there seemed to be a bit of buzz about the band:

    This might be a bold statement, but seeing this band perform was a life affirming experience. Even amidst their occasionally grief stricken lyrics, Birds of Chicago manages to create a sense of positivity in their music that seems fitting for a festival stage. Whether through the sonic fury of a well-played guitar solo or the emotional hook of a well-written verse, this group creates music that uplifts the spirit. Their sound ranges from full-on rock and roll to deeply folk, with one song being performed exclusively to the beat of a kick drum and the claps of the audience. They were humble performers and talented musicians, a chance to see them play should not be missed. (JB)  http://beatroute.ca/2017/07/29/calgary-folk-music-festival-day-one-two-recap/

    There was also a nice article in the Calgary Herald: http://calgaryherald.com/entertainment/music/folk-fest-eclectic-acts-stoke-entertaining-second-day

    Next up: Canmore and then Edmonton.


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    Festival Season

    I’m looking forward to joining Birds of Chicago, Jessica MitchellJadea Kelly and Matt and Jill Barber at some awesome music festivals all over North America this summer.  Check out the tour page for exact dates.

    With Birds of Chicago, we recently recorded the Love in Wartime album which will be released shortly.  Jessica had me play on her latest singles Don’t Love me and Tear it down which are pulling some solid numbers on the charts.

    I’m looking forward to playing this new music and I hope to see you out there!


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    Summer BOC shows

    Here are some upcoming summer shows with Birds of Chicago!

    July 1 to 3 – Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Canso, Nova Scotia
    July 8 – Celebrate Brooklyn, New York, NY
    July 9 – The Colonial Theatre – Bethelhem, NH
    July 10 – Green River Music Festival – Greenfield, Massachusetts
    July 15 to 17 – Vancouver Folk Festival, Vancouver, BC
    August 13 to 15 – Bear Creek Folk Festival, Grand Prairie AB
    August 26 to 28 – Fayetteville Roots Festival, Fayetteville, Arizona

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    August Festivals with Amelia

    The Amelia Curran band will be coming to a festival near you this summer:

    July 31 – Canmore Folk Festival
    August 8 – Edmonton Folk Festival
    August 13 – Casbah, Hamilton
    August 14 – Interstellar Rodeo (Winnipeg)
    August 16 – Riverfest (Elora)

    Performance at the Great Hall, Toronto.  Photo: Malcolm Cook

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    The Left Coast with Amelia Curran

    March is a full month for the Amelia Curran band.  Her album “They Promised You Mercy” is up for a Juno, and the band will be performing throughout western Canada.  Before we head leftwards, come hear us play in Toronto and London, Ontario.  Tour dates and ticket info available here